Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Welcome.  In the past months, I've been so grateful by the incredible amount of love, support, and prayers I have received from friends, family, friends of friends, and even people I don't know.  Your support during this time means more to me that I can express.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
It is my hope that this blog will serve to keep friends and family updated as to what is going on with my health and it will also serve as a healing outlet for me and one day a memory of what I have overcome.
Please feel free to leave messages or comments on this blog.  Your encouragement and kind words are what has been my fuel to deal with whatever challenges are presented.

With love and gratitude,


  1. Mari,

    As I sit here and read your blog and your journey up-to-date my eyes can't help but to water! I think your attitude is so admirable! I know that you are going to pull through this with shinning colors and that this blog is part of your healing process. Thank you for being so open! My thoughts and prayers are with you in this trying time..... Don't ever lose faith. I know very soon you will be feeling 100% better. You have an incredible support team and with us all by your side you will WIN this battle!


  2. Isel!! It's so good to hear from you...You're my first comment! :-) Thank you so much for your kind words, support, and prayers! I appreciate it tremendously!


  3. Dear Mari, what a privilege to be your 2nd I read your amazing column, I was thinking...Mari is going to be one hell of a counselor! You are right that is a journey, you will find many valuable lessons along the way and come to know a quality of life you never expected...Please use your own healing powers as well...visualize that tumor shrinking and your organs and cells regenerating as you heal and become completely have incredible inner strength, and this with no doubt, will be your greatest of challenges, but baby, I have no doubt you will succeed...know you are surrounded by love & prayers...and you are inspiring! love u....Susy

  4. Thank you so much Susy!! The angels really pulled through yesterday! :-) love you! Mari

  5. Hola preciosa! This is Paul Christopher :) . I have to sincerely apologize Maria, but I had absolutely no idea what you've been experiencing this past year until just today! :( It has been quite some time since we last spoke, as I assumed life was offering all you wished for, with school, career, and your engagement. I am still trying to piece all of this together through your facebook page, your family's posts, and this caring website. I am sincerely deeply saddened to find out that something so severe has occured to someone so magnificant. Please accept my delayed get well wishes, and I will do everything possible to come see you this week.

    You're in my prayers and thoughts bellisima